High-flying Eagles soar past Bears

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Philadelphia QB Carson Wentz threw three touchdown passes and easily guided the  home-standing Eagles past the Chicago Bears 31-3 Sunday afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field. The streaking Eagles (10-1) have won nine straight games while the Bears sink to 3-8.

Philadelphia dominated the contest from start to finish, jumping out to a 24-0 halftime lead and controlling both field position and the line of scrimmage. The Eagles banged out 196 rushing yards and Wentz efficiently sliced up the Bears secondary. Philadelphia outgained Chicago 420 yards to 14o, highlighting the disparity in talent between the two clubs. Eagles TE Zach Ertz  found open spaces underneath the Chicago secondary and added 103 receiving yards on 10 catches and a touchdown.

In perhaps the understatement of the season, Bears head coach John Fox said matter-of-factly, “We didn’t play well enough in any phase for us to compete. The game was not competitive from early on.” READ MORE

Five Bears thoughts prior to Eagles kick

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Losers of three straight, the Chicago Bears (3-7) head into high cotton on the road at the NFC East leading Philadelphia Eagles (9-1) on Sunday.

Here are five things to watch and think about ahead of Sunday’s tilt.

1. The continued development of Mitch Trubisky….  Each week, the Bears catch a glimpse of the traits that made Trubisky the second overall pick in last April’s draft. In last week’s loss to Detroit, his fourth down scramble and subsequent dart to Dontrelle Inman put the team in position to attempt a possible game-tying field goal.

Trubisky will be challenged on the road against a stingy Eagles defense. His ability to maintain his composure and play through adversity should make him better in the long run.

2. Can the Bears absorb the loss of Leonard Floyd?…Floyd had developed into a better all-around defender in year two, and his absence depletes a unit already shy of impact players.  Though his sack numbers were down, Floyd’s speed and range made him a player offenses had to scheme against.  READ MORE

Uninspired Bears effort results in 23-16 setback

It was all set up for the Chicago Bears. Fresh from a bye week, playing at home against a wounded oppimento with a three-game losing streak and an ineffective backup quarterback at the helm, the Bears were favored for the first time in forever against Green Bay. Then, the game kicked off and Chicago stumbled through an afternoon of mental errors and physical mistakes en route to a deflating 23-16 loss to the Packers at rainy Soldier Field.

Packers QB Brett Hundley played efficiently and made plays with his legs and arm as Green Bay improved to 5-4 and completed the sweep of the season’s series. The Packers have won the last 8 games at Soldier Field. Hundley was aided by a strong rushing attack that ground out 160 yards on the legs of three interchangeable backs.

The humbling defeat drops the Bears to 3-6 and points the arrow down on the 2017 season. With tough games ahead with Detroit and Philadelphia, the future of head coach John Fox surely looks to be in jeopardy. “Obviously a very disappointing loss here at home,” lamented Fox afterwards. “I think like a lot of games this season, we’ve kind of been in the thick of things until the end and just came up a little short.”

A botched challenge by Fox on RB Benny Cunningham’s apparent goal-line dive in the second quarter that resulted in the Bears not only losing a touchdown opportunity but turning the ball over on a touchback, epitomized the afternoon. READ MORE